Title: Ella (Prairie Roses Collection, Book 12)
Author: Nancy Fraser
Genre: Sweet/Inspirational Western Historical Romance
To get away from her late husband’s questionable deeds, Ella Winslow takes her three children and heads west to the unsettled Washington Territory to claim land she believes she’s inherited from her father.
Tucker McAlister was fired from his position as deputy marshal for arresting the mayor’s brother-in-law for spousal abuse. His mentor has found him another job, first escorting the wagon train going west, and then as the new marshal in the growing town of Tacoma, Washington Territory.
The trail is long and hard, yet Ella is more than up to the task. Still, Tuck feels the need to watch over her and her children, whether she wants him to or not. It isn’t until they arrive in Washington that he realizes his protection will now need to extend even further than the wagon train itself.
Will Ella’s faith allow her to trust again and make a safe home for her family, while welcoming Tuck into her heart?
A brave widow and her children travel west on the wagon train to start a new life in Washington Territory. Young widow Ella needs to escape the rumors and innuendos of her late husband's dealings. So, she loads up the wagon her late father built with all the supplies she and her young children need to start anew. She has the deed to a plot of land in Washington Territory she inherited from her father and makes arrangements to join a wagon train. The journey is long and difficult, but Ella is determined. Along the way, she meets and befriends Tucker, a marshal who is working on the wagon train. He is friendly but Ella has no room in her life for romance. She enjoys his company, and that is enough for now. When disaster strikes Ella and she must choose a new path, indecision rules her heart. With only her faith to guide her, will she forge a safe home for her children and let love into her heart?
Ella is a beautifully inspiring historical romance I couldn't put down. From start to finish, this book fed my soul. I have a special fondness for this time period of the Oregon trail described in this story. Its rugged wilderness, hardship, and a will to survive bring out the best and worst in people. For Ella, it brings out the best in her. Her heart is pure, yet her determination and grit are stronger than most men can handle. I loved that about her. The plot moved at a great pace with riveting descriptive narration, adventurous twists, a full cast of characters, and a sweet romance. The best part of the story has to be the long trek west. Nancy Fraser takes great care to be historically accurate and detailed. It was so immersive, that I got to experience what it was like on the wagon train and later in Washington Territory. A brilliant sweet historical romance I didn't want to end. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Nancy Fraser is a best-selling and award-winning author who happily jumps across multiple romance genres with gleeful abandon.
She's also the granddaughter of a Methodist minister known for his fire-and-brimstone approach to his faith. Nancy has brought some of his spirit into her Christian romances. And her own off-beat sense of humor to her clean & wholesome books.
When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.
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